Three nominees for vacant council seat


POINT PLEASANT — Three names have officially been submitted to fill the council seat vacated by Councilwoman Pamela Snyder following her resignation last month.

Following a July 12 meeting of the Point Pleasant Borough members of the Ocean County Republican Committee and Point Pleasant Borough Municipal Republican Chairman Brian McAlindin announced that the names of Valerie Coulson, Adam Hutchinson and former councilman Michael Thulen Jr. have been submitted to fill the vacancy. 

The Point Pleasant Borough Council is expected to select the new council member at its meeting on July 26.


“I am delighted with the choices our committee has submitted to council,” Mr. McAlindin said in a release. “The three individuals chosen are longtime residents and offer a wide variety of business, public service and practical experience, as well as raising families in the Boro.”

Ms. Snyder resigned from the council on June 25 after the New Jersey State Senate confirmed her appointment as a state Superior Court judge. Ms. Snyder, who succeeds retiring Superior Court Judge Patricia B. Roe, is one of nine new judges appointed by the 11-member Senate Judiciary Committee, after having been nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy. She will serve in Toms River.

In January, Ms. Snyder was sworn into her third term on the dais after having been first selected to council as a Republican in 2014. According to the release, state law prohibits members of the New Jersey Judiciary from holding public office. 

Her resignation triggered the process for filling a vacancy on borough council, which calls for the municipal members of the Ocean County Republican Committee to meet and submit three names of borough Republicans to fill the vacancy until another election can be held. 

That term will expire upon the certification of this year’s November General Election, according to the release. Whoever is chosen by council to fill the term will also stand for election on Nov. 2, 2021, for the remaining two years of Ms. Snyder’s three-year term.

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